The annual summer swim meet, held at the Huntsville Aquatic Center, hosted 18 swim teams from across the greater Huntsville area. Over the three days of the meet, nearly 1,000 kids participated in diving and swimming events. Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s meet, as well as the team winner, Jones Valley Recreation Association.
Distracted Driving Information
The summer swim meet allows us to raise awareness about distracted driving and the steps we’re taking to keep everyone on the road safer.
Did you know that a quarter of teens say they have responded to a text message at least once every time they drive?
Did you know that a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a car accident than a non-texting driver?
Under Alabama law, adults are legally prohibited from writing, sending, or reading a text-based communication while driving. It’s also illegal for drivers to use their phones to program an address into a GPS app or device while in a moving vehicle.
Distracted driving is any activity that could take the driver’s attention away from the road. All these distractions can endanger the driver, the passengers, other vehicles, and innocent bystanders.
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has found that various types of distractions can cause accidents, including:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 Player
According to statistics compiled by ALDOT, over 90 percent of highway crashes are caused by driver error, lack of knowledge, inattention, physical or mental condition, improper attitude, or faulty judgment. Drivers who are worried or distracted will have a difficult time focusing on the road.
What Can You Do to Avoid Distracted Driving?
We want you to stay safe while driving. Make sure you follow these tips when you are behind the wheel.
- Put your phone in the back seat to avoid the temptation to text or answer texts when you are behind the wheel.
- If you must use your phone, pull off the road. Then you can focus on your text or phone call and not endanger your passengers or people in other vehicles.
- Avoid reading, applying makeup, watching videos, or using apps.
- Check maps and driving directions before you start the car.
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